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Colony, The

Drama, History, Romance

A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.

The critical consensus

Notwithstanding the efforts of a game cast, this is a grotesque miscalculation that disrespects the memory of those who perished in one of the darkest episodes in recent history by turning it into a piece of white-knuckle entertainment.

**(*)(*)(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 20/06/2016

The Colony does generate some cheesy do-or-die tension in the final half hour, but most of the time it is hard to take seriously.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 27/06/2016

The final scenes are given over to the inevitable escape attempt, handled in very noisy, very predictable fashion.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 30/06/2016

Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl star in this ropey drama about a sinister Chilean religious community founded by a Nazi émigré.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 30/06/2016

Simplistic and sadistic, Colonia is hard to take seriously and winds up feeling an insult to the suffering of all.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 01/07/2016

Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl make a swashbuckling escape from a dark corner of Chilean history in this ill-judged romantic thrilller.

**(*)(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 03/07/2016

Features about Colony, The

The Colony is one of those rare films that actually affect social and political change

James Mottram, The Independent, 30/06/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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